A la carte: Harvest barbecues and beer, arot and tea in October

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Women chefs, winemakers

Join a raft of superstar women from Sonoma County at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 for a Women Chefs Women Winemakers benefit dinner at Catelli’s restaurant.

The culinary line-up includes Domenica Catelli of Catelli’s, Liza Hinman of The Spinster Sisters, Crista Luedtke of Boon Eat + Drink and Duskie Estes of Black Piglet Food Truck.

Providing the wine pairings will be Ashley Herzberg of Amista Vineyards, Shelly Rafanelli of A. Rafanelli Winery, Jen Higgins of Lambert Bridge and Jackie van Sant Downes of Comstock Wines.

The team will create an original, multicourse dinner menu using seasonally sourced local ingredients paired with Sonoma County wines.

Tickets are $250, to benefit Healthcare Foundation North Sonoma County.

To reserve: 21047 Geyserville Ave.


Harvest Fiesta

The family and winemaking team of Gundlach Bundschu Winery will throw a fiesta-style Harvest Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sonoma winery.

The evening will include a Mexican-style barbecue and live, Mariachi guitar music. Guests will also taste freshly squeezed grape juice and learn about the stages of harvest while enjoying Gun-Bun favorites of vintages past.

Tickets are $85. To reserve: 2000 Denmark St.


Wine month in October

Sonoma County Vintners will host a variety of special deals and discounts during Sonoma County Wine Month in October.

Those traveling out of the Santa Rosa airport can check up to a case of wine for free as part of the Alaska Airlines’ Wines Fly Free program.

Other offers include complimentary tastings and upgrades, bonus pours, wine and cheese experiences, gifts and discounts on wines and tours.

For more information, go to


Wieners and beer

The Cotati Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th annual Oktoberfest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at La Plaza Park.

The family-friendly event includes authentic German food, beer, wine, live music by The Alpiners USA and fun contests, including costume, yodeling, stein holding and the wiener dog race.

Admission is free. Food and beverages for purchase. For more information:


Crab fest tickets on sale

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is now selling tickets to the 31st annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest on Feb. 1, 2020 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds’ Hall of Flowers and Grace Pavilion.

The popular crab feed offers a wine and food reception, a gourmet crab dinner, live music and silent and live auctions, with proceeds going to agricultural education, advocacy and scholarships.

Tickets are $125. To reserve:


Palmer oversees ranch menu

Chef Charlie Palmer of Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen has been chosen as culinary adviser for the Wing & Barrel Ranch, an exclusive, members-only sporting club for outdoor and wine enthusiasts in Sonoma.

Drawing upon his signature Progressive American Cooking and his experience as an outdoorsman, Palmer is designing a full-service menu for the club that also offers wines from its Vintner Members.

Wing & Barrel Ranch offers seasonal bird hunting, year-round sporting clays, customized shooting instruction, travel programs, dog training and boarding. A new clubhouse is slated to open in the summer of 2020.

The club, located on nearly 1,000 acres of agricultural land off Highway 37, was co-founded in 2013 by CEO Darius Anderson, lead investor in Sonoma Media Investments, which owns The Press Democrat.

For more information, go to


Tea & Tarot dinner

Muir’s Tea Room & Cafe will host its 4th annual Black Hat Society Tea & Tarot Dinner at 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at the teahouse, which will be decorated Victorian style for Hallowe’en.

The evening will feature a candlelit, plant-based dinner and a private reading by some of the region’s talented tarot readers.

The teahouse will also serve a special Hallowe’en Tea Service from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27.

For reservations: 330 South Main St.

Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.

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